As the Seattle Seahawks prepare for their opening preseason game against the Denver Broncos on Thursday night, they are still waiting for their workhorse running back to catch up to the progress of the rest of the team.
Marshawn Lynch famously held out at the beginning of training camp, and he reportedly still reported even though he wanted $5 million more. The Seahawks fined him to show their displeasure with the decision, and it sounds like head coach Pete Carroll still isn’t too pleased.
Carroll had the following to say about Lynch after the team’s practice on Wednesday (from the Seattle Times):
“He’s coming along. He’s getting, we are progressing him with his reps and his turns and each week we will continue to amp him up and see where we can get him too. Take it one week at a time. He needs a lot of work to get back.”
No matter how annoyed the Seahawks are with Lynch, the fact is that he has plenty of time to get healthy and get ready for the start of the regular season. Furthermore, when you consider the fact that Adrian Peterson is sitting out the entire preseason even though the Vikings have a new offensive coordinator, it seems silly to think Lynch needs the work when he is prepping for another season in a familiar offense.
As with all clear cut no. 1 running backs, the priority with Lynch will be his health. The man known as ‘Beast Mode’ is coming off an impressive 301 carry season in which he ran for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns.